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Old 05-06-2017, 09:06 PM   #1
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Advice needed on stripping/Polish or re-clearcoating a 2008 Airstream

I have recently acquired my first Airstream! Unfortunately, it has large vinyl graphics covering 1/3 of the exterior and are baked on from years in the sun. My first preference would be to remove the vinyl and leave no evidence of vinyl remaining. But I have been told it is too baked on. I am hoping someone has stripped a newer AS and can give advice? Secondly, hoping to find out if and how to re-clearcoat entire outside?
Airstream is in So Cal. It is a rare unit that came from the factory with two doors.
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I don't know the answer to this question, but I'd like to. I have a 1991 Limited that I'd like to have striped, lightly polished and re-clear coated. It doesn't seem like there are a lot of resources for this. I don't want to have my trailer polished so that it looks like chrome and must be maintained that way.
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Old 01-26-2020, 05:07 PM   #3
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I want to give this thread a bump. Does anyone know of a shop that will strip, lightly polish and clear-coat a trailer? Alternately, I've considered striping, prepping and painting my trailer (1991 34' Limited).

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Interested too if anyone has done this. Mine is a 2004 Classic.
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There are very few places that will clear coat a trailer. P and S in Ohio is one.

https://www.pandstrailerservice.com/
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There are very few places that will clear coat a trailer. P and S in Ohio is one.

https://www.pandstrailerservice.com/
I've talked to P&S on the phone about this. Although they were the leader in re- clearcoating, they don't do it any longer. They still strip and polish trailers, but they said that no one produces the coating any longer.
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Thank you for re-opening this thread. I am working on purchasing a new to me 1998 Excella 1000 30 that will need to be polished as it has been sitting for 12 years. I was hoping to have it re-clear coated. As I don't know, it is the same type of clear coat used in regular automotive painting?
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The clear coat (Plastikote) used on early trailers was relatively flexible so that the expansion/contraction of aluminum would not cause it to fail.

Automotive clear coat is more rigid as steel does not significantly change dimension with temperature. It really is not compatible with our trailers.
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I have recently acquired my first Airstream! Unfortunately, it has large vinyl graphics covering 1/3 of the exterior and are baked on from years in the sun. My first preference would be to remove the vinyl and leave no evidence of vinyl remaining. But I have been told it is too baked on. I am hoping someone has stripped a newer AS and can give advice? Secondly, hoping to find out if and how to re-clearcoat entire outside?
Airstream is in So Cal. It is a rare unit that came from the factory with two doors.
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